10 Pitchers the Boston Red Sox Should Target in the 2013 Draft
The Boston Red Sox farm system is full of young talent, but the organization needs to stock up on pitching because a team can never have too many pitchers in their system.
The Sox have the seventh overall pick and another pick in the second round, and there are multiple pitchers who have solid stats through their college and high school careers that are viable options to thrust into professional baseball.
All stats via throughthefencebaseball.com.
Kohl Stewart, RHP
With a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, Kohl Stewart has looked pretty solid in his senior year at St. Pius X HS. He allowed 13 hits in 40 innings with a grand total of 59 strikeouts.
The kid has electric stuff, but it will take some time to get him into a professional game, just like most pitchers. He needs to work on his changeup and curveball before he is considered an elite prospect in any farm system.
Sean Manaea, LHP
A better option has to be lefty Sean Manaea out of Indiana State.
A Cape Cod League All Star in 2012, Sean really has some potential with a very tough slider. In 14 starts in 2013, he fanned 88 in 95 innings and had a 2.65 ERA.
Manaea finished a great year after some hip issues earlier in the season with 11 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
Braden Shipley, RHP
Braden Shipley can touch 97 on the radar gun and is a very athletic prospect. He is new to pitching, but still had only a 3.03 ERA in his 93.1 innings pitched.
Shipley has been working on his off-speed pitches and looks to improve upon his pitches before making a professional appearance.
Trey Ball, LHP
Another high schooler on this list is left-handed pitcher/outfielder Trey Ball III. He is from New Castle HS in Indiana and has dazzled with his performance in 2013.
The potential pitcher has a plus-fastball with solid secondary pitches, but also has a great bat and would make a great pitcher-turned-position player if the Red Sox want him to roam the outfield.
Ian Clarkin, LHP
James Madison High School's Ian Clarkin has proved he can do very well as a pitcher with 105 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. He also only walked 20 batters and allowed 33 hits.
He has a great curveball and was a member of the U18 Team USA Baseball team.
Alex Gonzalez, RHP
Alex Gonzalez made his name well known at Oral Roberts with his great pitching. His fastball ranges from 91 to 94 and his cutter is pretty devastating.
The right-hander finished second in the nation with 112 strikeouts in almost 100 innings pitched while walking only 22.
Ryne Stanek, RHP
Ryne Stanek needs to work on his inconsistencies, especially with his command. He had 28 walks in 13 starts, but had a stellar 1.70 ERA during those 74.1 innings.
The righty has a mid-90s fastball and a killer slider that would make most hitters buckle at the knees.
Matthew Krook, LHP
Matthew Krook is still a work-in-progress with a fastball in the low-90s and a developing curveball. He has had trouble with his command throughout his career.
If the Red Sox take their time with this talent and develop him correctly, then he can be a major asset in a rotation or bullpen.
Phil Bickford, RHP
Another flamethrower in this year's draft class is Phil Bickford. He can hit 97 on the gun and can control his changeup and curveball and throw them for strikes.
He allowed 27 hits in his 59 innings while striking out 92 batters and walking only 11.
If the Red Sox are smart, they will grab him in the first round to be a possible closer in the future.
Marco Gonzales, LHP
Marcos Gonzalez is one of the best pitchers on this list.
His fastball may be in the 89-91 mph range, but he had a great year with a 2.65 ERA over 95 innings. He struck out 88 batters and has great command of all his pitches.